Health Department Defends Dallas County Against West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus
Dallas County Health and Human Services is strengthening its efforts to detect, prevent and control the spread of West Nile virus and other mosquitoborne illnesses.
Mosquito season in Dallas County typically runs from May to October with peak activity in August. In preparation for mosquito season, DCHHS has launched a public education campaign "Defend Against West Nile: Dress, Drain & use DEET" to inform the public about West Nile virus and to remind them of ways to protect themselves and their families.
"DCHHS is getting the word out early about the dangers of West Nile virus," DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said. "Through our public education and marketing campaign we are reaching out to areas schools, colleges, universities, day care centers, parks, recreation centers, libraries, lakes, lawn and garden centers and other outdoor venues to get the word out to defend against West Nile." To further enhance its public education efforts, DCHHS will produce and distribute a weekly publication, the West Nile Watch, which will contain information on the locations of infected mosquito pools and mitigation efforts in the county.
"I want to commend DCHHS for being one of the first agencies in Texas to launch its 2007 West Nile virus prevention campaign," said Dallas County Comissioner John Wiley Price, who also chairs the Dallas County Public Health Advisory Committee. "DCHHS is out on the forefront of this issue, educating and preparing the public against West Nile disease," Commissioner Price concluded.
DCHHS continues to work with its municipal partners on additional strategies to protect Dallas County residents from mosquitoborne illnesses. DCHHS West Nile prevention activities include surveillance, source reduction, larvaciding (killing mosquito larvae or wigglers), adulticiding (spraying for adult mosquitoes), and public education. Dallas County contacted the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to request additional surveillance equipment to strengthen the county